Fashion fast-forward with the latest cruelty-free design: “Leather” made from green tea cultures! In a new process being developed by visionary designer Suzanne Lee, bacterial cultures are extracted from vats of green tea and then formed into eco-friendly cellulose sheets. Suzanne uses this “textile biomaterial” to make fashionable and cruelty-free jackets and dresses.
Unlike real leather—animal flesh coated in toxic preservatives such as formaldehyde and chromium to keep it from decomposing—BioCouture clothing is safe for animals and the environment. It isn’t commercially available yet, but some of Lee’s fresh and fabulous designs are on display at the Science Museum in London until early next year.
Written by Jennifer O’Connor